Title: Because I Love You
Author: Tori Rigby
Published: May 17th 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Length: 330 pages
Source: eARC from the publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.
Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.
Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.
I’m a sucker for a good contemporary read these days, so I was really looking forward to this one. I’ve read a few really good teen pregnancy books and I’m always amazed at how differently they all tackle the topic, and how each and every one of them has left me feeling the warm fuzzies at the end. You know it’s a good book when you get the warm fuzzies!
Andie has just found out she’s pregnant and – at sixteen years old – it’s possibly the worst news she could get. She gave her virginity to her best friend, but he wants nothing to do with the baby. When her other friend abandons her, all she’s left with is her snarky ex-boyfriend. The next few months are hard as she deals with ridicule and accusations from all sides, but the most important thing on Andie’s mind is whether or not she will keep her child once she gives birth.
This story really struck me. I felt so sorry for Andie and all that she was going through. When she’s betrayed by the boy she thought loved her, she hits rock bottom and the only comfort she gets is from her ex-boyfriend, Neil. Now, I loved Neil from the off. He had a sarcastic attitude but he was always caring towards Andie when no one else was. I kept wanting to shout at Andie that here was a boy who truly loved her, no matter what she thought!
Her relationship with her ‘friends’ was horrible, but so true to life. Friendships during high school can be fickle things, secrets being kept and friends not really being friends. When her relationships blow up in her face and she starts to see the truth, I was amazed at how strong Andie actually is.
With everything that was going on around her, Andie still tackled the biggest decision of her life and I was awed by her courage and conviction in what she chose to do.
One that may make you grab the tissues, I fell head over heels for this book and it is definitely on my list of books to read again some day.
About the Author
Tori Rigby is a YA author of Contemporary and Historical Romances. She longs to live in the Scottish Highlands, and her favorite time and place in history is Medieval England—so much that she’d give up her Internet and running water to go back in time! Tori also writes YA genre fiction as Vicki Leigh.
*Picture from author’s website, Biography from Goodreads